Notice of objection: Inno-Pak, LLC - February 2022

February, 23, 2022

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, P.C., M.P.
Minister, Environment and Climate Change
200 boul., Sacré-Coeur
Gatineau, Québec, K1A 0H3

Tracey Spack
Director, Plastics Regulatory Affairs Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 Saint-Joseph Blvd.
Gatineau, Québec, K1A 0H3

Dear Minister Guilbeault,

RE:Notice of Objection and Request for Board of Review in relation to the Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations, Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 155, Number 52, 2021-12-25

Inno-Pak, LLC is an American company that specializes in foodservice, grocery, bakery, and convenience store food packaging. This includes single use plastics like polypropylene clamshells, containers, and now many certified compostable PLA plastic items through our acquisition of Asean Corporation, who is a leader in the compostable packaging space.

Inno-Pak, LLC is also a member of the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), the Iowa State University Polymer and Food Protection Consortium (ISUPFPC), and the Western Plastics Association  (WPA). Inno-Pak along with these other entities are leaders, innovators, and solution providers in the food packaging space.

Based on our industry expertise, Inno-Pak, LLC formally objects to the Proposed Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations and requests the establishment of a Board of Review to review these objections:

The Expansion of the Prohibitions Beyond What was Included in October 2020:

Bans do not take Innovative Technologies into account and Processes not Assessed in Determining Whether Materials are Recovery Problematic:

Full evaluation of the Impacts of Substitutes not Considered:

Assumptions in Strategic Environmental Assessments are Incomplete Lack Scientific Rigour:


As a manufacturing and sourcing company, Inno-Pak takes the sustainability of our products seriously. We work on transitioning out of unsustainable products every day. These changes take time, effort, and capital. The burden should not be only on the producers like us. The burden needs to be placed on the recovery facilities to maintain and invest in relevant technology. The burden needs to fall on government to help fund these changes as well as industrial composting facilities. And lastly, the burden needs to fall on the end user and the consumer. Ultimately, the end user is responsible for how something gets disposed. They have a choice to make the right choice and dispose of something in the appropriate bin.

We all need to work together to solve problems the right ways across all levels of the value chain. Let’s work together to create something that works for everyone, supports industry, jobs, trade, and the environment.


Nathan Schultz
Creative Director/Sustainability Lead
Inno-Pak, LLC

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